13 Weird Texas State Laws That Are Still Active Even In El Paso
Welcome to Texas, where everything is bigger and weirder, including these silly and outdated laws that also apply in El Paso.
Texas is not only the largest state in America, but it's also one of the most independent states that beats to its own drum.
Throughout history, the state enacted many laws based on the era's lifestyle, and as we take a look back, it's a stark contrast compared to our advanced way of living today.
Some old school laws in Texas and El Paso, which are still active today, date back to colonial times, such as the blue laws. The blue-laws indicate that you cannot purchase liquor on Sundays, nor could car dealerships open seven days a week.
As weird as that may be, other silly outdated laws no longer apply to Texans but are still in the books.
No Drinking Sipping and Standing
- In LeFors, Texas, don't even think about taking three sips of beer at a time while standing. That there, sir, is illegal!
Don't Show Your Stockings
- Lookout - It's illegal to adjust your stockings in Dennison or Bristol, TX; it could lead to a sentence of up to a year in the state prison.
- An anti-crime law in Texas states that criminals who intend on committing a crime must give their victims oral or written 24-hours advance notice. Not just that, but they must also include the nature of the crime; in today's world, that would mean having to post it all over social media.
- Forget selling your eyes - it is illegal to do so in Texas. Here's looking at you, black market.
- The entire Encyclopedia Britannica is banned in Texas because it contains a formula for making beer at home. Today you can Google it.
Hotels and Buffalo
- In Texas, hold on to your hat; you cannot shoot a buffalo from the second floor of any hotel.
No Dusting Buildings
- It is illegal to dust any public building with a feather duster for whatever reason.
No Dumpster Eating
- Did you know that you can go to jail if you eat out of your neighbor's garbage without their permission? Ew, Gross!
You're Mine Now
- Forget the wedding - In Texas, you can be considered legally married by publicly announcing a person as your wife or husband by saying it three times. Beetlejuice would be proud.
- If you want to walk around barefoot, you will first need a special $5 permit—obviously, pre-FansOnly days.
Get Your Hands Off My Cow
- Get your hands off those utters - that cow is not yours. In Texas, you cannot milk a stranger's cow, no matter how much you need milk in your Starbucks coffee.
Pardon Our Spit
- According to an outdated law, El Paso churches, halls of assembly, hotels, banks, stores, train depots, and saloons should all provide spitoons or violate the law.
No Cheese For You on Sundays
- It's also illegal to sell Limburger cheese on Sunday in certain parts of Texas, so there goes your charcuterie board for your SundayFunday.